Chris Hoo’s pinch-hit, RBI single in the bottom of the 13th inning lifted the Cal Poly baseball team to a 6-5 victory and a Big West Conference-opening series sweep over visiting UC Davis on Saturday.
The Mustangs (20-6, 3-0 Big West) loaded the bases with nobody out in the 13th on a single by Nick Torres, a throwing error on John Schuknecht’s sacrifice bunt and an intentional walk issued to David Armendariz.
After Tim Wise struck out, Hoo stepped up to the plate and sent the first pitch from Max Cordy into right field to give Cal Poly the victory.
The Aggies (10-15, 0-3 Big West) rallied from a 5-2 deficit with two runs in the eighth and one more in the ninth on an infield single by Paul Politi to force extra innings.
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The Mustangs left the bases loaded in the 10th, and stranded six runners in scoring position from the seventh through the 12th innings before Hoo’s game winner in the 13th.
Reed Reilly picked up the win for Cal Poly, giving up one run on six hits and striking out three over
5 2⁄3 innings.
Mustang starter Bryan Granger, who gave up two runs on five hits over five innings, was in line for his fifth win of the season before UC Davis evened the score in the bottom of the ninth inning.
Jimmy Allen and Denver Chavez were both 3 for 6 at the plate for Cal Poly. Chavez had two runs scored, and Allen had two RBI and a stolen base.
Nick Torres and Peter Van Gansen each had two hits, an RBI and a run scored, and David Armendariz, who finished 1 for 4 with a run scored, had three stolen bases for the Mustangs.
Cal Poly travels to take on UC Santa Barbara on Friday at 3 p.m.